Hospitality

  • May 18, 2018

    Foley & Lardner Beats DQ In IP Suit Against Patent Atty

    There’s “no basis whatsoever” to grant slot machine game maker High 5 Games’ bid to disqualify Foley & Lardner LLP from representing a former in-house patent attorney who allegedly stole the company’s trade secrets, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday, rejecting the plaintiff’s claims that the attorneys accused their own clients of perjury.

  • May 18, 2018

    Sports Betting Sector Will Hinge On Cooperation, Many Say

    With the U.S. Supreme Court opening the door for states to legalize sports betting in a case fought by the NCAA and professional leagues, industry insiders say a partnership between the two sides is going to be essential for a successful betting regime to maintain integrity and compete with the underground illegal market. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Ex-Server At NYC Eatery Drops Worker Mistreatment Suit

    A former server at Manhattan’s acclaimed French seafood restaurant Le Bernardin has ended her proposed class action against the company less than four months after filing it, with a New York federal judge dismissing on Thursday her allegations that the eatery and its owners mistreated employees and ignored sexual harassment.

  • May 18, 2018

    Player Unions Back NCAA Athletes In Fantasy Sports Dispute

    Players associations for the major sports leagues urged Indiana's high court on Friday to find that state publicity laws bar two daily fantasy sports operators from using players' names and likenesses without consent, in a case likely to echo far and wide after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the door to legalized sports betting nationwide.

  • May 18, 2018

    Chicago Wine Bar Denies 'Copycatting' NYC Restaurant Group

    Two former employees of a New York group of Italian restaurants and wine bars that is suing them for trademark claims under the Lanham Act have urged an Illinois federal court not to close their new Chicago wine bar, arguing the startup’s design and menu are not "copycat" versions that violate the group’s trade dress.

  • May 18, 2018

    Wynn Pays $68M For Chemical Cleanup At Mass. Casino Site

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. has shelled out $68 million to remove roughly 1 million tons of toxic sediment from a former chemical plant site where it’s now building the $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor hotel and casino, according to a Thursday news report.

  • May 18, 2018

    Chase Bank Hits Landry's With $20M Suit Over Data Breach

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and its payment processing arm Paymentech LLC filed a $20.06 million breach of contract lawsuit against Landry's Inc. in Texas federal court, claiming the hospitality company refuses to compensate them for costs related to a data breach at Landry’s properties in 2014 and 2015.

  • May 17, 2018

    10th Circ. Caps Ski Resort Project Insurer's Liability At $5M

    The Tenth Circuit ruled Thursday that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh's liability for defects on Intrawest's dozens of ski resort condo construction projects was limited to $5 million total, leaving excess insurer Federal on the hook for the $8 million-plus it shelled out on Intrawest's behalf in two suits.

  • May 17, 2018

    Plans For $4B Miami Mega-Mall Advance With Key Approvals

    Plans for the massive American Dream Miami entertainment-retail complex passed key mileposts Thursday as the Miami-Dade County Commission approved land use and zoning applications and a development agreement needed for the $4 billion project to move forward.

  • May 17, 2018

    Santa Monica Urges 9th Circ. To OK Home-Share Ordinance

    Santa Monica, California, slammed Airbnb and HomeAway’s bid to nix a city ordinance requiring residents who use the home-sharing websites for short-term rentals to obtain licenses, telling the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that the companies' argument that the Communications Decency Act preempts the ordinance is flawed.

  • May 17, 2018

    Seattle Approves Head-Tax Bill Blasted By Amazon, Starbucks

    Seattle's Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan said she signed a bill imposing an annual $275-per-employee tax on companies making more than $20 million a year despite strong opposition from hometown corporate giants Amazon and Starbucks.

  • May 17, 2018

    Rent-A-Wreck Sanctions Denied After Ch. 11 Dismissal

    Proposed sanctions against Rent-A-Wreck of America Inc. and its legal counsel stalled Thursday when a Delaware bankruptcy judge said that because their Chapter 11 petitions were not shown to have clearly been filed for a bad faith purpose, sanctions were not justified.

  • May 17, 2018

    High Court Gambling Decision Conjures Old Trade Tensions

    The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision giving states a green light to legalize sports gambling raises a slew of implications for foreign companies looking to get a piece of the action and casts new light on a 15-year-old trade case that saw a tiny island nation clash with the mighty U.S. over its gambling restrictions.

  • May 17, 2018

    Firms Score Big Win In NJ Sports Betting Ruling, Attys Say

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow sports betting in New Jersey signals a jackpot for gambling attorneys in the Garden State and beyond as clients flock to them for help capitalizing on business opportunities arising from this new frontier in gambling and navigating the new laws and regulations bound to follow, a panel of experts said Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    St. Roch Market Biz Fights New Orleans Over TM Use

    The operator of New Orleans’ historic St. Roch Market has asked a Louisiana federal court to reject the city's bid to stop it from using the service mark outside the city, such as in Miami and Chicago, arguing New Orleans has never used the mark in commerce but only leases the building with the market’s name.

  • May 17, 2018

    Live Nation To Partner On Chicago Entertainment Venues

    Sterling Bay said Thursday that Live Nation Entertainment will invest in and co-own up to five entertainment venues in the Chicago commercial real estate investment and development firm’s latest project — a Windy City recreation and event district known as Lincoln Yards.

  • May 17, 2018

    NCAA May Change Gambling-Related Rules

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday said it is suspending its ban on championship games in states that allow sports betting and that it may consider permanent rule changes in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday sports gambling ruling.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Rays' Ex-Concession Co. Gets Go-Ahead On Contract Claims

    Concessionaire Centerplate can move forward with counterclaims that it is owed payments on an expired food services agreement that is the focus of a breach of contract lawsuit brought by Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, a federal judge ruled Thursday, saying more discovery is needed.

  • May 17, 2018

    Celebrity Chef Ran Restaurants Like Ponzi Scheme, Suit Says

    A New Jersey couple who invested in a celebrity chef’s now-shuttered New York City restaurant has sued him for allegedly depriving investors of payouts by moving cash into his restaurant group, according to documents folding the suit into bankruptcy proceedings filed in New Jersey federal court Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

    John Calhoun

    Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court's treatment of two features of the ADA’s "essential function" doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Sports Bet Decision Reveals Hidden Preemption Requirement

    Lawrence Ebner

    In holding that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’s anti-authorization provision is not a preemption provision, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Murphy v. NCAA provides a fascinating, and potentially far-reaching, clarification of the nature of federal preemption, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 2

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle this week for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP explores the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century.

  • A GDPR Checkup For US-Based Hospitality Businesses

    Dawn Maruna

    While preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation, the U.S. hospitality industry should recognize that EU member states might enact local laws that limit or extend the GDPR and that other foreign data protection regulations may impact business as well, says Dawn Maruna of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 1

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, let's explore the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.